Submitted to DCIGS Newsletter (Fall 2002) by Roselyn Wells
DeKalb County Newspaper, March 12, 1931
Child Eats Poison Tablets For Candy
Eighteen Months Old Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester
Hamman Died Saturday Night—Strychnine Poison
After eating some strychine tablets thinking it
was candy, Mabel, the eighteen months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester
Hamman, four miles north of Waterloo, died Saturday night. The tablets
had been in the drawer of a buffet for the past year, having been gotten
for the grandfather to take as a tonic. The child found the tablets
during the afternoon, supposing them to be candy ate a number, but how many
is not known. When the little girl became seriously ill an investigation
revealed that six of the tablets were found on the floor.
The child died a few hours afterward despite the
fact that all possible was done to save her. Surviving are the parents
and two brothers, Raymond, 6, and Alvin, 3. Little Mabel is a granddaughter
of Mr. and Mrs. David Hamman, and a niece of Mrs. Russell Dunn, linotype
operator in The Press office.
Funeral services were held Tuesday forenoon from
St. Michael’s church north of Waterloo. The death casts a gloom over
the family, who have the sympathy of their many friends. The coroner
held an inquest and returned a verdict of accidental death.
Card of Thanks
We thank our many friends and neighbors for their
kind assistance and expressions of sympathy during our bereavement.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hamman